The Psychoanalytic Institute is pleased to offer the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Adults, a post-graduate
This two-year course of study is designed for psychiatrists,
psychologists, social workers (LCSW's), psychiatric nurses, LMHC's, and other qualified
professionals interested in enhancing their skills in psychoanalytic
psychotherapy. Our aim is to deepen the clinician's understanding
of the patient's emotional life, particularly as it is experienced
in the therapeutic relationship.
For most mental health professions, graduate training experience
does not fully prepare one to be a skilled, knowledgeable and confident
therapist. While we continue to learn from our patients throughout
our professional lives, we believe that advanced formal training
is crucial to our efforts to provide the highest level of clinical
The core of these programs is a series of seminars, taught by faculty
members of the Adult and the Child & Adolescent Analysis
Sections of the Institute. The instructors are
highly trained analysts with extensive clinical and professional
experience, members of the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. The courses
examine the conceptual underpinnings of psychoanalytic theory and
technique as applied to the psychodynamic psychotherapy of adults,
children and adolescents.
In addition to academic study, training is enriched by ongoing
case conferences and clinical psychotherapy supervision provided
by Institute faculty. The patients are drawn from the clinical practices
of the students. Candidates also need to be currently undergoing
(or have already undergone) their own personal psychodynamic psychotherapy
Successful completion of the program leads to a certificate from
the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program.
Why Study Psychotherapy at The Psychoanalytic
The psychotherapy training program at The Psychoanalytic Institute
is enriched by teachers and supervisors from the Institute who have
undergone rigorous training in psychoanalytic theory, principles
and practice. Candidates benefit not only from their teachers'
and supervisors' extensive backgrounds in psychoanalysis, but also
from a program which is patterned after the Institute's highly effective
psychoanalytic training program.
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The psychodynamic psychotherapy training programs are post-graduate
programs for individuals who have earned their graduate degrees
in psychiatry, psychology, social work, or psychiatric nursing;
who are licensed and professionally insured; and who are practicing
psychotherapy with adults or children. If you are currently in psychiatric
residency or in a child psychiatry fellowship, you may be eligible
to begin training.
Due to licensure restrictions by New York State, we are no longer able to offer training to LMSW’s. Please see our new program Prelude to Training instead.
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The program consists of two years of classes, which are offered
on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., from mid-September
to late May. Classes are grouped in trimesters, each 10 weeks
long. Class evenings are divided into two 70-minute seminars. Most
courses involve assigned reading.
Each candidate schedules one hour per week of supervision with an
Institute faculty member in the first year, and two per week in
the second, at a cost of $50 per session, payable to the supervisor.
The supervisory process is intended to focus intensively on the
ongoing treatment of suitable cases. Candidates write brief annual
case reports, which are discussed with their supervisor.
Personal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Personal experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy enhances the educational process and clinical work. Your own personal psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is required, although it may have been completed prior to training. If you need a referral, a list of available Institute faculty can be obtained from the Institute. If you have completed a psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis prior to training, a waiver of that treatment may be requested during the application process.
Tuition & Fees
Annual tuition is $2,400, payable in installments. Fees for supervision, $50 per session, are paid directly to the
supervisor. Reduction of fees for both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis,
and for additional supervision, may be requested. Additionally, all candidates will be charged $60 for an annual PEP subscription (waived for candidates with other PEP access).
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The application process consists of submitting the application
form, satisfactory letters of reference, and an interview with a
faculty member of the the Admissions Committee. A $100 nonrefundable
application fee must be submitted with your application. Applications
are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, but should be in by
June 15 June 30.
Download an application
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The course of post-graduate study in the psychodynamic psychotherapy
of adults explores a wide variety of psychopathologic
syndromes. Issues of conflict and deficits in mental function which
are a consequence of biological and developmental determinants are
also explored. The technique courses in particular address the ways
in which psychodynamic psychotherapy can affect and modify pathologic
outcomes of development. Group discussion of individual case material
presented by seminar participants and instructors makes up a significant
component of the learning. The clinical seminars approach the various
phases of treatment - opening, working through and termination -
as case material becomes available.
For the curriculum overview and Course
We welcome your inquiries and questions about our programs. Further
information may be obtained by e-mailing the Program Chair:
Seth Eichler, M.D.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The American Psychoanalytic Association and The Psychoanalytic Institute, affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 hours per session in Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Disclosure information is on record indicating that participating faculty members have no significant financial relationships to disclose. The Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content